Day 296-302 Cooroy - LAVIS'
Trip Start Dec 01, 2008
91Trip End Nov 08, 2009
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LAVIS' new home Ferrells Rd Name says it all!!!
Ferrell’s Road is a thoroughly apt street name for the likes of the Millers and even perhaps the Lavis clan since journeying around Australia. The B.N is also affectionately known amongst this circle as Hobo!! Although for Craig McCorkindale and his 37 t-shirts that are neatly folded away in his caravan and the Corky girls in their designer duds it just wasn’t quite appropriate to include them under the same banner.
The Corky’s and us lobbed on the Lavis’s new home after lunch (giving Matt and Lori a whole 24hrs on their own) and making the 5 acre property look more like a used caravan lot. The outdoor living area overlooking the pool was immediately taken over with chairs, computers, tables, Engels and BBQ’s
We quickly organised dinner for the first evening and the boys went to check out the closest pub on the guise of picking up some more meat for the BBQ. Leaving us girls to cook whilst the kids played in the pool and enjoyed being in comfortable surrounds of a house.
Our first night was technically a house warming party and opp shop best regale. Greg and Matt were still and always are in their opp shop gear, but eventually I and Lori changed into our dresses also. No-one had spent more than $7 and we all looked ravishing as always – Corky’s opted not to dress up!!
There was much to see and do during the days, as we all intended to stay the better part of a week, we happily took Joden and Flynn with us on daytrips to allow Matt and Lori time to get organised in the house.
Our first trip together was a driving tour through Mapleton, Maleny and Montville, stopping to complete a walk in the Mapleton Falls National Park. Corky was in his usual spirits climbing trees in an attempt to scare us on the circuit, although this time Max was parroting his every move
Noosa, just 14km’s down the road provided us with a venue for lots of beach activities and it was there that I also caught up with my friend Eliza-Jane (on Vic school holidays with most of the rest of the state)finally meeting her little boy Charlie who was born while we were away - he’s such a cutie!
We didn’t need any excuse to party each night, we were just revelling in each others company. Craig although got a little over excited one particular night and paid the ultimate price after falling asleep on the couch. Jill had taken herself to bed and we stayed up a little later with Matt and Lori. A Picasso masterpiece in a permanent black texta mysteriously appeared on Craig’s face next morning.
Maegan, Lucy and Sophie conducted an official investigation, they were most upset that someone had done what they considered was a terrible, terrible crime! Lori and I could only suppress laughter and quickly and easily point the finger directly to Greg and Matt. Obviously “I love AFL” on Craig’s forehead could only ever have been Greg after all the ribbing Craig had been dishing to Greg since they met AND the reference to Jillian - Matt’s handy work!
Fortunately the container of the Lavis’s furniture arrived early and both Greg and Craig were able to help Matt move the heavy items to the garage. Then Lori, Jill and I would un-pack boxes and give opinions on where to place things. The Corky’s left before the grand final hoping to avoid the crowds at Movie World on the Gold Coast. It was a brilliant suggestion for them to visit a normally busy tourist spot on a day where many would stay indoors to watch TV!
Our friends Bill and Trudi Doyle whom we met over in Bali live nearby in Alexander Headlands. We visited them on the day of horrendous dust storms over the East Coast, predominantly in Sydney and Brisbane and all the way to Noosa. We were not able to appreciate the view from their home as all you could see was a red haze- It was a particularly bizarre phenomenon, the dust storm lasted two days.
AFL Grand Final day was spent in the lounge room here. Lori’s mum drove up from Brisbane for the weekend to celebrate Joden’s coming birthday (Sunday). She is a Brisbane Lions fan and appreciates the game, but Matt and Lori have absolutely no interest. We sat around watching the enthralling contest whilst Matt pottered around on his new BBQ.
We drove out to the Apollonian Hotel at Boreen Point a few kilometres north of Tewantin for a look at this historical pub, Greg enjoying a pint of Guinness that was on tap. We dream of buying this lovely old place – any excuse not to return home to our normal working life
Joden’s birthday is the last day we are to spend with the Lavis’s and who knows when we’ll see them again. Hopefully they will come down to Melbourne for a holiday, we will certainly be looking at any excuse to return.
Our work here was done (one day of labour!!), we needed to leave the Lavis’s to nest in their new home and also we must begin the long drive to Lightning Ridge (our first foray into NSW) to meet the O’Neil’s for a Country & Western music festival at Lorne Station beginning Friday.